Vermilion 4-H Cracklins - September 2022 Issue

Sylvia Trahan, Waits, Hilton, Waits, Shannan

Dates to Remember


15 – Jr. Leader Meeting 6:30 pm @ 4-H Office

17 - Bash on the Bayou - 4-H Tailgating at LSU Football Game

20 - Training for Adult 4-H Leaders

23 - Deadline for returning Enrollment Packet and Dues at school

24 – Vermilion Fair & Festival Livestock Show - Kaplan

28– Shooting Sports Meeting – Parents & Members – 6:00 pm @ 4-H Barn


2-8 - National 4-H Week

12 - 4-H Sewing Project Club Meeting 5:30 pm @ 4-H Office

13- Jr. Leader Meeting 6:30 pm @ 4-H Office

16 - 4-H Fall Fest (Pumpkin Workshop)

24- Dog & Pet Show 9:00 am @ 4-H Barn

24- Bike Rodeo 1:00 pm @ 4-H Barn

24- Cookery Contest 9:00 am @ 4-H Office

20- Officer Training

Complete 2022-2023 Vermilion 4-H Calendar

Find our 2022-2023 Vermilion 4-H Calendar, complete with club meeting schedule here:

4-H Has Something for Everyone!!

Welcome to the Wonderful World of 4-H! We are proud to be the largest positive youth development organization in the country. It is open to students who are ages 9-19 as of January 1, 2023. In 4‑H, members complete hands-on projects in areas like health, science, agriculture, and civic engagement in a positive environment where they receive guidance from adult leaders and are encouraged to take on proactive leadership roles.

This club is NOT just for kids who show livestock animals. Project areas range from environmental science to art and include everything in between. Livestock is just a fraction of what 4-H has to offer. Our broad range of projects can be found on the back of the enrollment card – check it out to see what project areas interest you!


Get Enrollment Packet from Club Leader at School

Pick up and complete the 4-H Enrollment Card (packet) at school and return it to school with club dues by September 23. Here is a list of school leaders:

  • AHS - Thomas Stelly
  • Cecil Picard - Jillian List
  • Dozier - Dara Broussard
  • EHS - Mara Bass
  • Erath Middle - Joni Hebert
  • FIEB - Traci Simon
  • GHS - Sheri Istre
  • HTCA - Amber Mitchel
  • Herod - Amy Scalisi
  • Indian Bayou - Jena Gaspard
  • JH Williams - Taylor Luquette & Alison Carter
  • Jesse Owens - Amy Trahan
  • Kaplan Elementary - Christy Schexnider & Richelle Marceaux
  • KHS - Jenny Esthay
  • LeBlanc - Beth Lege & Pam Broussard
  • Maltrait - Rebecca LeBlanc
  • Meaux - Christine Russo
  • NVHS - Shontelle Hebert
  • North Vermilion Middle - Heather Ortego
  • RRMS - Hannah Hebert & Raina Broussard
  • Seventh Ward - Leisa Lee
  • VC - Becky Hardee
  • VC Lower Campus - Bobbie Rider

4-H JR. LEADER CLUB - 4-H Jr. Leader News

All 8th – 12th grade 4-H members are encouraged to join and participate in the Jr. Leader Club. This club is full of fun and friendship! Members will get to attend the fun-interactive monthly meetings and participate in the service activities the club works with each year. The Jr. Leader club also helps to run parish 4-H activities by serving as judges, registering participants, and setting up for contests. We will rely on this group more than ever to help with our programming.

You will want to join us at our first meeting which will be held on September 15 at 6:30 pm at the 4-H office in Abbeville. ALL interested 8-12th graders are invited. At that meeting, the officers will reveal the service-learning topic selected for this year and outline the plan for activities and trip destination!

The 2022-2023 Leadership team for the Jr. Leader club (pictured below) includes:

  • President - Morgan Meaux
  • Vice President - Kinsey Waits
  • Secretary - Amelia Detraz
  • Treasurer - Lane Frederick
  • Reporter - Andrew Courville
  • Parliamentarian - Bryce Trahan
  • Service Learning Chair - Samantha Moreau
  • SW Regional Representative - Paityn Martin
  • Livestock Ambassador - Isaac Duhon
  • Shooting Sports Ambassador - Kayleigh Suire & Laci Desormeaux

2022-2023 Junior Leader Club Officers

Leadership Team Retreat

By - Andrew Courville, Jr. Leader Reporter

The officers of the Vermilion Parish 4-H Junior Leader Club have discussed and determined their service project for the 2022-2023 school year. After spending a night in the cabins at Palmetto Island State Park, the officers have planned out a list of activities for the next 9 months, all of which will be revealed at the first meeting on September 15th. There will be something to appeal to everyone, with guest speakers, hands-on activities, and day trips to places around the state. The highlight of the year will be the 4-day, out-of-state trip during Spring break.

All 8-12th Graders are Invited to Attend!

Bash On The Bayou!

Vermilion 4-H Shooting Sports Program

It's time to begin the Vermilion 4-H Shooting Sports program for 2022-2023. The program offers two disciplines, shotgun and archery. Members can choose to shoot either shotgun or archery or they can participate in both. Shotgun offers Jr. and Sr. divisions in Modified Trap and Advanced Shotgun. Archery offers Jr. and Sr. divisions for Recurve, Genesis and Compound bows. Modified Shotgun practices will be held at the G.O.L. range in Maurice, Advanced Shotgun practices will be held at the Lafayette Skeet Academy & Ed's Sporting Clays and Archery practices will be held at the 4-H Barn in Abbeville. The cost to participate in shotgun is $55.00 for Modified Trap and $65.00 for Advanced Shotgun. Participation in archery is $50.00.

If you are interested in participating in the Vermilion 4-H Shooting Sports program, go to this link and complete the registration form by September 28, 2022:

There will be an organizational meeting for Shooting Sports Members on Tuesday, September 28, 2022 at 6:00 pm at the Cecil McCrory Exhibit Building (4-H Barn). At least one parent must accompany the member to the meeting. Registration fees will be collected at the meeting. There will be additional registration forms that both parent and youth will need to sign. If you have any questions please contact Mr. Hilton at 898-4335 or by email. (

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Our 4-H Summer Sewing Camp was a hit! Because of the popularity (and the FUN), we will be hosting a monthly 4-H Sewing Project Club. The group will meet on the second Wednesday of each month at the 4-H Office at 5:30 starting in October. Members who attend will work through the 4-H Clothing Project Book and will sew projects and garments that can be entered in a variety of parish 4-H contests. Members who have their own sewing machine will be asked to bring it each month. Members who do not have a machine will be able to borrow one from the 4-H office. Mrs. Madlyn Zaunbrecher will lead the group. Register by clicking the link below.

Cost - $30 per member due at first meeting

First Meeting - Wednesday, October 12

Register at this link:


4-H Summer Camp at Camp Grant Walker!

163 campers, 36 teen counselors, 37 adult leaders experienced 4-H Summer Camp at Camp Grant Walker - most for the very first time! Campers enjoyed learning about Animal Science, Forestry, Art, Agriculture, Physics and Food & Fitness. They also participated in archery, canoeing, kayaking, line dancing, swimming and shopping in the camp store. This would not have been possible without the amazing Vermilion Parish community support and parent volunteers who helped to make it happen! Check out our Vermilion 4-H Facebook page for more photos from the event.

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Camp 8

State 4-H University

Sixty-three 4-H’ers competed in the annual State 4-H University which was held in-person on the LSU Campus this summer. Members stayed in the dorms and experienced college life while competing in state contests and attending educational sessions.

We are proud to announce that Vermilion Parish 4-H'er, Morgan Meaux, was elected as State 4-H President and Paityn Martin will also be serving on the State Executive Committee as a Regional Representative.

We are very proud of our delegation and send congratulations to all contestants.

Kid Chef Cooking Camp

Members learned how to measure, read & follow recipes, prepare, chop vegetables and wash dishes at the annual 4-H Kid Chef Cooking Camp this summer!

4-H Garden Camp

Members learned valuable gardening skills and had fun in the sun at the annual 4-H Garden Camp! They even created a 4-H Herb Garden in the backyard of the 4-H office!

4-H Sewing Camp

Our first ever 4-H Sewing Camp was such a success! Thanks to Mrs. Madlyn Zaunbrecher for her vision and leadership of this effort. Member created five projects and learned "sew" many skills!

Regional Leader Training

Vermilion Parish was well represented at the Southwest Regional Leader Training held in Lafayette recently.

4-H LOST Camp

Louisiana Outdoor Science and Technology day-camp was held at the end of summer. Regional Representative, Paityn Martin led a delicious activity with the group of delegates!

Southern Regional Horse Show

A parish delegation traveled to Perry, Georgia to complete in the Southern Regional Horse Show educational contests. Congratulations to Regional Demonstration Winners, Kayleigh I. and Lillie T. and 7th Place Horse Speech winner, Everette P.

Marsh Maneuvers

Five lucky members got to experience 4-H Marsh Maneuvers this summer!

Membership and participation in activities and events are open to all citizens without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, veteran status or disability. Should you need an ADA accommodation, please contact our office at (337) 898-4335 no later than 2 weeks prior to the event. The LSU AgCenter provides equal opportunities and employment. Cooperating agencies: LSU AgCenter, Louisiana parish governing bodies, and United States Department of Agriculture.

For more information about the Vermilion Parish 4-H Program contact:

Vermilion 4-H
LSU AgCenter
1105 W. Port Street
Abbeville, LA 70510

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